Every Voice Speaks

Every Voice Speaks is a podcast that discusses political news and issues of the day -- especially the different effects of money on politics. Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice, interviews experts on a variety of money-in-politics subjects. This is a production of Every Voice, an organization working to ensure that every voice is heard in our democracy. Learn more at
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Sep 28, 2017

We are back from our summer hiatus with a very interesting conversation with the authors of the new book "Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want." Find out how these two authors and activists of different generations met up and were transformed by the Democracy Spring, encouraging each other and all of us to display the "civic courage" we need to transform our country so it works for all of us. 

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Jul 21, 2017

Meghan Faulkner joins Laura this week to talk about how and why she organized a big petition delivery to the Department of Justice asking them to investigate Donald Trump Jr. They also discuss how the consumer finance industry in North Carolina has bought itself some terrible legislation, and they take a look at the package of democracy reforms House Democrats introduced this week, and the importance of fighting for something, not just fighting against things. 

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Jul 13, 2017

With Donald Trump Jr. releasing some of his emails this week, Laura and Adam needed to talk about the campaign finance laws he has potentially broken. There's also health care legislation moving through the Senate, net neutrality in jeopardy, and big giveaways to donors in the name of infrastructure improvements. But it's not all bad news, there's some new and positive developments in Maryland to get excited about. 

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Jul 7, 2017

This week we're bringing you a deep dive into how an intersectional approach to money in politics brings new voices to the movement and helps those who are most harmed by big money politics take a stronger leadership role within the movement to stop it. Allie Boldt of Demos and Jasmine Gomez of Free Speech For People talk to Laura about their new framework for ensuring that historically marginalized people -- like people of color, LGBTQ, low income folks, people with disabilities, and more -- are centered in the movement for a stronger democracy. Allie and Jasmine have been grappling with these issues for a long time and recently put on some events to center LGBTQ voices in the money in politics fight. And they'll explain how and why you should host a similar event wherever you live. 

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You can follow us at @everyvoice; Laura at @laurafriedy; Demos at @Demos_org; Free Speech for People at @FSFP; Allie at @allieboldt; and Jasmine at @jasminegomez528.

Jun 29, 2017

No episode this week, but we are hard at work putting together a great show for you next week with very smart guests who are going to talk to us about centering the experiences of marginalized communities and people in the campaign against big money politics. 

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Jun 23, 2017

Crystal comes into the studio this week to talk with Laura about the newly unveiled Senate health care bill (written with plenty of input from lobbyists), the spending in the special election in Georgia, and an exciting new case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear that could end partisan gerrymandering as we know it. All this and more!


Jun 15, 2017

Chris Tallent of MAYDAY joins Laura to talk about the secret health care bill in the Senate and his experience marching on Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Plus, lots of ways that you can get involved to support a stronger democracy!

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Jun 8, 2017

Jessica and Laura stepped away from the Comey hearing to talk about Paul Ryan's agenda that serves his rich donors. After holding more than 50 fundraisers in a month (and not a single townhall), his worldview and priorities are skewed toward the donor class, not regular people. Then they discuss government oversight, with the ethics commission in Wisconsin going easy on the politicians its supposed to oversee. And finally some good news out of Howard County, Maryland, where citizen-funded elections were passed with a veto-proof majority. 

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Jun 1, 2017

Laura invited Meghan Faulkner, Every Voice's digital manager, on to talk about some of the attacks on state public financing systems we've been fighting back against. From Maine to Connecticut to Minnesota to Arizona, Meghan explains what's going on and how you can help. And we finish the episode with some great news from Illinois, where they are making it a lot easier to get registered to vote!

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May 18, 2017

There has been SO MUCH political news lately that we wanted to call your attention to some stories that may have slipped under your radar: Trump is selling his Caribbean hotel, Elizabeth Warren gave a barn burner of a speech, Ben Cohen wants to stamp out big money in politics in Maine, Oregon, and Florida, and the Supreme Court did a great thing by deciding not to do anything. 

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Apr 13, 2017

Jessica Washington is back in the studio to talk to Francoise about why our tax forms are so darn complicated. Plus: tax marches across the country, citizen funded elections in Howard County, Maryland, working with activists in Virginia, and Millenials running for office.

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Apr 6, 2017

Laura and Crystal give you a brief update on where the Gorsuch nomination stands and what a 'nuclear option' is. Then they discuss why Trump visiting his properties so often (and giving them all that free press) is a problem. Did you know bipartisanship exists and is working at the state level? Laura and Crystal run through a heartening list of bipartisan initiatives at the state level that tackle money in politics. And finally, a successful public financing system for candidates in Montgomery County, Maryland, is letting new candidates run without being beholden to special interests. 

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Mar 23, 2017

We took a little bit of time away from obsessively watching C-SPAN to bring you the highlights so far from the confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch. In a nutshell: there are lots of questions about money in politics that Gorsuch has refused to answer. Then we bring you some very good news from the local political scene in DC: a bill to empower small donors through fair elections has been introduced to the city council with 10 co-sponsors! 

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Mar 16, 2017

Jessica is still thawing out from her below-freezing morning at a Supreme Court rally when she and Laura sit down to talk about the many groups that don't want to see Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and why. Then there's TWO good news stories this week! The first is in New Mexico, where bipartisan majorities have passed an update to the state's public financing system. The second is in Seattle, where democracy vouchers are lowering the barriers for homeless people to participate in local politics. 

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Three reasons to stop Neil Gorsuch:

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Mar 9, 2017

Laura and Crystal bring you the money-in-politics news of the week, starting with the women's strike and why Every Voice is participating; how and why the House Judiciary Committee killed a resolution of inquiry into Trump's foreign business dealings; how Arizona is trying to make it harder for people to be heard at the ballot; and finally some great news out of Oregon as they introduce small donor elections. 

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Mar 2, 2017

We took a field trip this week to the Federal Election Commission to interview Commissioner Ann Ravel the day before she left the FEC. Laura asks her about her time at the FEC, why the commission isn't working as intended, how it can be fixed, and what she plans to do next. And we still find a way to end with some good news. 

Thanks to Ann Ravel for taking time out of her last week to speak with us, and to Steve Spaulding for inviting us to do it. 

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Feb 23, 2017

Adam is back to talk to Laura about Ann Ravel leaving the FEC at the end of her term, and the many approaches Donald Trump could take to fill the vacancy -- some better than others. Then there is good news out of Kansas where the legislature voted down loosening donation limits. And more good news! There *is* something that most Americans agree on, and we have the poll numbers to prove it. 

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Feb 16, 2017

Laura and Jessica discuss the Betsy DeVos vote, plus a story you may have missed in Congress: they're trying to repeal some basic protections for pre-paid debit card users and wealthy special interests may be to blame. There's an update on the shenanigans in South Dakota and Arizona, and in good news for the week: people are showing up to meet with their representatives, and we've made it really easy for you to do so, too.

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Feb 2, 2017

This week Laura and Rahna have a chat about the newly nominated candidate for the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch. They are worried about his views on who should be heard in our democracy! They also check in on the money pouring into Maryland as they legislature debates reforming the bail bond industry. And some good news: there's a wave of new candidates training up to fix our flawed democracy. 

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Fact sheet on Gorsuch

This woman spent five nights in jail because she couldn't afford bail. 

Maryland Common Cause report on pay to play politics in Maryland by the bond industry

Fair Elections Maryland

Emerge America

She Should Run

New American Leaders Project

Run For Something


Jan 26, 2017

Our hiatus is over! New year, new president, new format, new host! Laura and Adam sit down to discuss the money-in-politics news of the day. At the national level, Betsy DeVos has spent a whole lot of money hoping to be hired as Secretary of Education. They also discuss the shenanigans going down in South Dakota, before we close out with some good news from Seattle. Do you like the new format? Tell us what you think! Leave a review or email

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Jun 30, 2016

Adam speaks with Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, who has experienced money in politics both as a leading scholar of constitutional law and as a state legislator. They discuss how he put his theories into practice once he became a candidate and a legislator, how he was able to win a recent congressional primary despite being outspent, and how today's 'wealth primaries' act a lot like the 'white primaries' from the past. Plus, we ask him what he would change if he had a magic wand. 

Jun 23, 2016

We invited Mark Glaze in discuss how guns, money, lobbying, and politics are connected. As the former executive director of Every Town for Gun Safety and the current executive director of the Voter Participation Center, Mark explains where the National Rifle Association gets its money, how it spends it to achieve the policies it wants, and how you can get involved to make sure your representatives listen to the majority of their constituents when it comes to gun safety laws. This episode originally aired October 8, 2015. 

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Jun 16, 2016

More than 100 days ago, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy at the Supreme Court. The Senate won't even hold hearings, let alone a vote, on whether to confirm him. Adam is joined this week by Adam Lioz of Demos to talk about who Judge Garland is, why he can't seem to get a hearing, and what that means for the future of money in politics and our democracy. This episode was also broadcast live on Facebook, if you want to see the two Adams in action. 

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Jun 9, 2016

This week, we take inspiration from one of our favorite podcasts, Buzzfeed's No One Knows Anything, which debunks so-called common knowledge with real talk. Adam and Laura bust four myths about money in politics: money doesn't matter in elections; public financing doesn't work; public financing makes government more polarized; and overturning Citizens United will solve our problems. Then they ask: so, does anyone know anything about money in politics?

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May 26, 2016

It's been a couple of months since we've checked in on the presidential race, and a lot has happened since then! Trump makes a big pivot from self-funding to fundraising, Clinton's got a plan that she isn't talking about, and Sanders' ongoing focus on money in politics could reverberate up and down the ballot and on both sides of the aisle. Francoise joins Adam to talk about this plus the party platforms and the piles of money that have already been raised and spent. 

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